Carlos Beltrán is coming home.
The Mets announced on Friday that they have named their former star player as the 22nd manager in team history, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year.
Beltrán played with the Mets from 2005-2011, and ranks sixth on the club’s all-time list in the following categories: home runs (149), RBI (559), extra-base hits (374), on-base percentage (.369) and slugging percentage (.500).
“Congratulations to Carlos. We are thrilled, as we know our passionate fans will be, to have him back in the family,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “Thanks to Brodie and the entire baseball operations staff on this expansive, diverse and collaborative managerial search process.”
Beltrán will be the ninth person to both play for and manage the Mets, joining Gil Hodges, Yogi Berra, Joe Torre, Bud Harrelson, Roy McMillan, Dallas Green, Bobby Valentine, Willie Randolph (as well as interim manager Mike Cubbage).
“Thanks to Jeff and the ownership group for their ongoing support as we worked through a very detailed managerial search process,” said Mets Executive Vice President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. “We are very excited to bring Carlos on board as our next manager and re-introduce him to Mets fans next week.”
Beltrán, 42, has spent the past year as a special advisor for the Yankees. He last played in the majors in 2017, winning the World Series with the Houston Astros. During his 20-year major league career, he was a nine-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and was named the 1999 American League Rookie of the Year.
Beltrán was the fifth player in major league history to hit 400 homers and steal 300 bases. He had 2,725 hits, 565 doubles, 435 homers, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases with a .279/.350/.486 slash line during his career. Beltrán played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2017.